I've used that one in Calgary and the owners are super helpful the times I've been there. First time I figure I wanted to learn how to mount & balance tires myself. After watching a bunch of Youtube and studying the theory, I thought I had the concept down in my head really well...but when it came down to using the machine I sure as heck struggled. The nice lady there showed me how to do my first tire. With these being larger heavy duty truck tires, I struggled ALOT with the rest of the tires and definitely felt bad with how much help I asked for. In the end it took me over an hour to do all four tires and $50. The tire machine definitely seemed to be popular there, but to be honest it's not really worth it trying to do tires yourself to save a few $$.
In the end, it's a pretty good deal for the customer trying to access specialty tools like the hydraulic press and tire machine especially considering how helpful the owners were. But I really don't see how they make money because when you have an average Joe customer go in, they can easily hurt themselves or spend a whole bunch of time there and/or require alot of support.
There was a DIY shop here in DFW that was really good. Worked the same way- rent a lift, some tools available, etc. Unfortunately, it closed down last December. Just not enough traffic, I suppose. I'd imagine there's a lot of overhead you'd have to clear. I love places like these just because there's a lot of stuff I can't do in my apartment's parking lot, but they don't seem to be able to stick around for long.
Was it over in Plano right off 75? I seem to remember seeing a place there I thought might be one of these joints, but I never took advantage of it unfortunately.
I am in need of a lift quite often to make things I do easier, but I just didn't think about those place when doing the work. Now they are [censored] down it sounds like and I wish I had given them some business even more.
I would make a ton of mistakes from hurrying if I was using a $30/hr shop.
I looked at it the other way.
For 30 an hour, I could sleep well knowing everything was addressed correctly because I took my time.
As a result, the repair job was still done at a price cheaper than if I had a shop do it.